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Creative Restoration Retreat

In the cold heart of winter, we gather in the warm heart of the Sonoran Desert for four days of creative nourishment, inspiration, and camaraderie. The Stories from Here retreat takes place this year on February 21st - 25th in magical Tubac, Arizona at the Historic Shankle Ranch. The place is a hand-built white adobe guest ranch, nestled in the gentlest, most beautiful valley full of giant cottonwoods and soft breezes along the Santa Cruz river, with an average high of 70° in late February. The time is a balance of room to discover, create, laugh, explore, and rest. The sole purpose of this retreat is to replenish and strengthen each participant's knowing, intuitive, creative life-force.

The experience is built around these daily pillars:

  • A morning workshop that incorporates playful, creative, generative exercises that strengthen awareness, expression, and trust in creative intuition and in each other. We use tools from Storytelling, Performance, Creative Writing, and Applied Improvisation traditions. 

  • A 1-hour partner session with focus on your creative project or callings. 

  • Three healthy, beautiful meals prepared by a beloved local chef.

  • Plenty of open time to write, reflect, swim, get a massage, take a hike, visit art galleries, nap.

  • An evening story-circle (no prep necessary).

  • Enough time, quiet, and comfort to catch up on sleep.


A sample schedule is below. 

The gathering
 is again limited to 12 people to insure balance and a comfortable group dynamic. This small number means there is something of a selection process, but nothing rigorous! If you have attended before, you're invited again. If we haven't met before (or in a while), I'll invite you to a Zoom conversation where we can connect and see if the retreat serves your purposes well. 

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"This retreat is clearly the culmination of decades of work, bringing people into alignment with their innate creative life force. It was a gift to witness and be a part of." 

Lindsay Muscato, Tech Editor for TIME Magazine

"...He told me how a friend of his once heard a whole sky full of stars when she was seven. And later on when she was eighty three she heard a cactus blooming in the dark. The old man said, "Most people never hear those things at all." I said, "I wonder why." He said, "They just don't take the time you need for something that important." 

- from The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor


After July 1st, click the button below to register, or to learn more
about rates, meals, & accommodations. 

When you register, please

expect a reply within 48 hours. 

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